College of Health

School of Social Work

The Healing Power of Poetry: Empowering Disenfranchised Youth through Self-Expression

Co-sponsored by the Department of English, St. Catherine University, and the St. Catherine University - St. Thomas University School of Social Work

Date & Time:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM




The Recital Hall, Room 104, Music Building
St. Catherine University, St. Paul Campus

Presentation by Richard Gold, founder of the award-winning Pongo Teen Writing Project and author of "Writing with At-Risk Youth: The Pongo Teen Writing Method." Richard will describe Pongo’s work, methods and outcomes; and he will offer resources to guide others who want to use poetry as a way to work with disenfranchised youth.

Panel Discussion moderated by Mary Tinucci (School of Social Work) and Geri Chavis (English Department in the School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences) will involve several local people who have employed creative writing, poetry and journaling as a way of supporting self-expression and healthy coping strategies for disenfranchised youth. 

Also Featuring: 

  • Glo Martin—Program Coordinator for New Lens Urban Mentoring in St. Paul and former Creative Arts Specialist at The Lab in St. Paul Public Schools.
  • Janna Krawczyk—Writing teacher at the LOFT and The Art of Life & Writing and adjunct faculty at Hamline University.

No registration necessary.  We hope to see you there!

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